Yves Barry, one of the most prolific winemakers in France has died in a car crash near his home town of Béziers in the south of France. He was 37.

Barry had been head winemaker at the Michel Laroche project in the Languedoc, Mas la Chevalière since its foundation in 1996.

But although his roots were in the south of France, he including a spell working for the retailer Majestic in the East End of London.
 
He trained in France, and worked at such famous French names as Calvet, Mouton-Rothschild and Champagne Deutz. But he also gained significant experience in Australia, working for the country's best-known sparkling wine, Piper's Brook, in Tasmania, and Katnook Estate in Coonawarra.

Until his death he was working as a consultant for a number of New World wineries, from Stellenbosch to Argentina.

A well-known figure around Béziers, where he was a keen rugby player, Barry leaves a wife and five-year-old son.